Jose Mourinho has confirmed that Paul Pogba picked up a ‘muscular injury’ during Manchester United’s 1-0 win over FC Rostov in the Europa League, whilst noting that the severity of Daley Blind‘s injury remains unclear.
Pogba, following a frustrating opening 45 minutes, was forced off just minutes into the second half with what looked like a pulled hamstring.
Blind’s affliction, on the other hand, was a bit more ambiguous: the Dutchman pulled up and sat on the ground whilst holding his left eye before being replaced by Phil Jones after 64 minutes.
Mourinho, speaking after the game, couldn’t shed any further light on the nature of Blind’s knock but confirmed fears that Pogba had picked up a hamstring injury.
Mourinho, "Paul has a muscular injury, Daley I don't know."
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You could tell immediately that Pogba’s injury was severe. Nobody, regardless of who they support, likes to see a player pull up out of nowhere and instantly look towards the bench.
The Frenchman knew he couldn’t continue: supporters will hope that the scale of his knock stretches no further than a minor muscle strain, but the look on his face as he trundled off – and indeed the immediacy with which he came off after pulling up – suggested a gloomier state of affairs for the midfielder.
Blind’s removal from the encounter, however, looked far more precautionary. Team doctors analysed the Dutchman for a while before deciding to take no risks – always a wise move when it comes to head injuries.